KNBT and Gruene Hall simply finished up another effective Gruene Music and Wine celebration. It’s tough to think this year was number 36. Thirty- 6 Gruene Music andWine Festivals Amazing. Other than the Comal County Fair and Wurstfest, it’s tough to come up with a longer running yearly occasion that benefits charities inNew Braunfels
Every 2nd Thursday through Sunday in October, Gruene is filled with red wine, craft beer and music fans. Sounds quite darn excellent to me. Wineries and craft beer makers from around Texas pertained to display their yummy productions and the very best artists in Texas music pertained to play their tunes to adoring fans. You might argue this year’s greatest emphasize was in fact the Great Guitar auction, which we hang on Friday night inGruene Hall That night likewise consists of a terrific supper of Ribs and Shrimp catered by the Gristmill and a personal acoustic performance by a Texas music star. This year’s star was among the greatest Texas needs to use and somebody who’s been playing Gruene Hall given that his very first offered out program in 1998. The one and just Pat Green and, I’ll inform you, he offered an amazing efficiency filled with all his success. However, the guitar auction was truly something unique. We definitely shattered our previous record with near $130,000 raised in less than an hour, all going to theUnited Way The guitar that commanded the most cash was the autographed George Strait guitar which generated $36,000. Other guitars that chose some truly excellent cash consisted of guitars signed by Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen, Lukas Nelson, Lee Ann Rimes and Dusty Hill (ZZ Top). It’s safe to state the guitar auction is the greatest single occasion of the 4 days when it concerns raising cash.
Contributing to the overall raised consisted of the red wine and beer occasions held at the Grapevine and the Sunday Songwriter Shindig on the Sunday of the 4 days. This year’s Shindig included Drew Kennedy, Josh Grider, Bruce Robison, Taylor Rae, Austin Meade, Kevin Galloway, John Baumann, Jamie Lin Wilson, Bri Bagwell, Mike Harmeier, William Beckmann and Kaitlin Butts (with unique visitor Cleto Cordero from Flatland Cavalry). Many fans in the Hall were stating this was their preferred Sunday Songwriter Shindig to date and I’d need to concur. And I’ve been to them all. None of this would take place without the generous contribution of each artist. Performing for little or no pay to assist the cause. I am grateful to each one.
The GM&WF has actually constantly supported the United Way of Comal County, with in 2015 raising over $147,000. We do not have the complete overall from this year yet, however as quickly as we do, you can be sure to hear it on the KNBT and KGNB radio stations. A magnificent thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, artists and fans who make this yearly occasion such a substantial success. And, naturally, our greatest thank you to our partner-Gruene Hall We’ve formally collaborated for this occasion given that 1999 and it constantly improves. Looking forward to next year! – Mattson Rainer